Title: The Deep End of the Sea
Author: Heather Lyons
Release Date: February 4, 2014
What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?
Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.
But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.
Heather Lyons has created something truly magical with The Deep End of the Sea. This mythological fairy tale delivers plenty of mystery, intrigue, heartfelt emotion, and self-reflection in an incomparable package. I was lost to Medusa’s story from the first page to the last, enthralled by the enchanting world of the Greek Gods and the complex characters that Heather Lyons has so skillfully brought to life. While I certainly never imagined Medusa to be anyone’s heroine, I was thrilled to explore a whole new side to this legendary woman. Together Hermes and Medusa are an unforgettable pair, their easy friendship and unwavering loyalty absolutely swoon-worthy. I loved the way in which Heather Lyons developed this duo, embracing their unexpected connection and palpable chemistry, allowing me to easily lose myself in their unconventional love story. Heather Lyons’ writing continues to blow me away, her lyrical prose, smart dialogue, and witty humor making it impossible not to fall in love with this novel. The Deep End of the Sea is truly incomparable, a mesmerizing tale of courage, love, and family that promises to grip your heart from start to finish.
“Love makes every misery, every struggle, every moment of life worth it.”
I have to give Heather Lyons major props for her portrayal of Medusa. The villain I’d always known was thoughtfully unmasked in The Deep End of the Sea and I was shocked by how much I was able to relate to this mythological figure. At her core, Medusa proved to be insecure, vulnerable, and jaded. The hurt that had been inflicted upon her made her hard, but ultimately she yearned for the same love and human connection we all do. I loved the tiny nuances of her personality that Heather Lyons included to make this character all her own. She was unexpectedly quirky and definitely awkward, her inner monologue oftentimes making me laugh out loud. She was also sweet and innocent, something completely unexpected from the myth that is Medusa but felt genuine to the character Heather Lyons had created. Peppered amongst the raw emotion, angst, and self –doubt of her story were moments of strength and ferocity that warmed my heart, promising that Medusa would fight her way through the darkness. Each facet of this complex character’s personality was thrilling to uncover, as was the truth about her past. I appreciated the mystery Heather Lyons retained as she purposefully developed Medusa over the course of the story, only truly revealing her when the timing was undoubtedly right.
“Do not swoon, Medusa. It would be downright humiliating to pass out in front of him.”
Heather Lyons’ brilliance truly shines with this inimitable tale. The Deep End of the Sea was carefully contrived, perfectly paced, and each piece of the story elegantly layered to convey even the smallest of emotions throughout this vibrant novel. I absolutely adored the contemporary twist given to such a classic story, reveling in the effortless integration of modern luxuries with the traditional voice of Greek mythology. The resultant narrative felt timeless and my ability to relate to a story so outside my realm of possibility left me utterly addicted to Heather Lyons’ work. A colorful cast of secondary characters made this story the adventure that it was. I loved the various personalities and complicated relationships that played their part in Medusa’s journey; each character held a greater significance to the overall storyline and I thoroughly enjoyed trying to unravel it. Heather Lyons writes passionately and intelligently, delivering a captivating and surprisingly poignant book that will steal your heart and leave it soaring. The Deep End of the Sea is an absolutely must read!
If there is one thing that I have come to expect from Heather Lyons, it’s that her writing is absolutely magical. She pulls readers into whatever world she is creating so that they have no choice but to fully immerse themselves in it. I’ve always had a fascination with Greek mythology, so I knew the moment I read the blurb that The Deep End of the Sea would have create some pretty high expectations. I’m so happy to say that once again, Lyons impresses and excels with her fantastic storytelling and unforgettable characters.
“Change happens to us whether we like it or not. Sometimes it’s for the good, sometimes for the worse, and sometimes, you have no control over it, despite just how desperate you may be to do so. Yet, it is in all our natures to try to bring about the change we wish for.”
Heather Lyons brings Greek mythology alive in such a fun, modern take in this standalone novel. The gods and goddesses have been depicted in so many different ways so I was curious to see which traits she would associate with each of them. Needless to say, she totally twisted everything you’ve ever known and delivered a fresh, unique take on these personalities. I truly appreciated getting to see an entirely new perspective on Medusa, especially considering how many times she is portrayed as the villain of the story. Instead, the only emotion I really felt for her was sympathy. She had everything taken away and slowly had to build back all that she lost, most importantly her intrinsic traits like trust and confidence. Her journey was butterfly-inducing, heart-racing perfection. Though we see other characters, who I now want stories on, Medusa and her path to life stole the show.
“He holds me and I cry and the weird thing, when my tears slow, I feel the most certain sense of safety. A sense of belonging. A sense of rightness.”
The Deep End of the Sea takes you on a whirlwind of a journey filled with ups and downs. I’m keeping my review incredibly vague because part of what I loved most was the surprise after surprise that I received. I never knew what to expect and it certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. If you’re looking for a fast-paced read that will have you falling in love with characters as individuals, as well as their respective roles as Olympians, I highly suggest picking up The Deep End of the Sea. There’s a stunning cover on the outside, and beautiful words strung together to deliver an inside that matches. This is one you don’t want to miss!
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